A visit to the Algarve in February makes for a fantastic holiday, plus you can enjoy Carnival in the Algarve. This time of year is considered ‘out of season’. However there are many advantages visiting the Algarve in February during these quieter periods.
The weather is still warm and pleasant (around 18-20 degrees) which means you can still enjoy the areas stunning coastline, take walks on the beautiful beaches, go on a boat trip and hike around the area to admire the breath-taking landscapes, flora and fauna that are blossoming at this time of year.
For playing golf, it is one of the best times of the year, pick your choice of one of the many renowned golf courses of the Algarve, considered the best of Europe!
Spring flowers are in full bloom so make for a rather spectacular sight, check out the cliffs at Ponta da Piedade in Lagos, for example, for a remarkable rainbow of colors. Last but not least, you can get good bargains on villa rentals! Contact Algarve Housing for more info!
Carnival in the Algarve
February also means Carnival in the Algarve or Carnaval…. Whatever, a huge national event, with many colorful parades, with music and dancing on the streets. Almost every village does something.
Most famous, best known, and best visit is the oldest and biggest Carnival celebration in Loule!
The Loulé Carnival is the oldest continuous event Portugal, with over 100 years of celebrations. Thousands of revelers jam the streets. Those in costume strut their stuff. others are there to watch and enjoy. The parades on each of 25, 26 & 28 February, are full of floats, samba groups, Brazilian dancers and giant costumed characters, providing a rhythmic beat, lots of laughs and pure enjoyment.
The theme for 2017 is “The Discoveries”! Yet instead of the typical focus on the heritage of Portugal circumnavigating the globe, this “Discoveries” honors great triumphs of today in the world of politics, sports and celebrity, such as Prime Minister’s António Costa’s, new Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, Golden Boot Awardee Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal Footballer and European Champion Fernando Santos.
The fun begins on Friday with a day dedicated to kids! The children’s carnival kicks off at 10:00. Kids come to the streets with their faces painted and in costumes.
Other higly recommend Carnival celebrations are the one in Alte and Messines, very traditional way of Carnival in the Algarve.
Enjoy the Carnival in the Algarve.
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